Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum VIDEO

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum was a high school that was converted into a massive Torture Chamber by the Khmer Rouge in the mid to late seventies.

There was an estimated 20,000 Cambodians killed at Tuol Sleng.


The Khmer Rouge cut the rest of the world off and most people had no idea what was happening.

To this day many people are unaware of the Cambodian Holocaust.


Most prisoners at S-21 were held there for two to three months. However, several high-ranking Khmer Rouge cadres were held longer.

Within two or three days after they were brought to S-21, all prisoners were taken for interrogation.


The torture system at Tuol Sleng was designed to make prisoners confess to whatever crimes they were charged with by their captors.

Prisoners were routinely beaten and tortured with electric shocks, searing hot metal instruments and hanging, as well as through the use of various other devices.


Some prisoners were cut with knives or suffocated with plastic bags. Other methods for generating confessions included pulling out fingernails while pouring alcohol on the wounds, holding prisoners’ heads under water.

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Females were sometimes raped by the interrogators. The perpetrators who were found out were executed.

Although many prisoners died from this kind of abuse, killing them outright was discouraged, since the Khmer Rouge needed their confessions. The “Medical Unit” at Tuol Sleng, however, did kill at least 100 prisoners by bleeding them to death.


Medical experiments were performed on certain prisoners. Inmates were sliced open and had organs removed with no anaesthetic.

Others were attached to intravenous pumps and every drop of blood was drained from their bodies to see how long they could survive. The most difficult prisoners were skinned alive. (Taken from Wikipedia)


This was a very depressing day for us and for a few days after we still felt the weight of Tuol Sleng. If you get a chance to go to Phnom Penh please visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.


Comments To This Entry.
  1. Dale April 24, 2013 Reply

    Having not been yet, it’s hard to really comment on how hard it must have been to visit, but visiting is so important regardless of the emotional difficulties we might find.

    Visiting keeps the memories alive and keeping the memories alive will hopefully educate all us to avoid seeing these same atrocities happening again.

    • Giselle and Cody April 24, 2013 Reply

      We 100% agree with you Dale. Many people didn’t even know that this was happening. When you and Franca do end up going to Cambodia this is a must visit place. It will be very heavy and it is a downer but you need to see what went on.

      “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” ~Albert Schweitzer

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